Today, consumers' awareness of gut health and strengthening of the body's immune system has led to a greater tendency towards probiotic products.
Until now it has not been possible to incorporate probiotics into aseptic beverage packaging due to their inability to survive common heat treatments during processing. Probiotics can also be unstable during storage, restricting their use to refrigerated beverages with a short shelf life.
Christoph Wegener, the senior manager of the market in this organization, says: With the creation of a new product category, both SIG and AnaBio are providing beverage and food manufacturers with a pioneering solution to overcome the current limitations of fresh probiotic beverages.
To address this problem, SIG and AnaBio Technologies have developed innovative technology to produce a probiotic dairy beverage that can be stored for a long time without refrigeration. By combining encapsulation and gentle filling technology, SIG and AnaBio launched a nutritious and pleasant product containing live probiotics in aseptic carton packs and spouted pouches which are shelf-stable at room temperatures.
According to the founder of AnaBio Technologies, the company's patented encapsulation technology covers probiotic cells such as Lactobacillus strains with a protective layer, thus protecting the strains from high temperatures during processing. By consuming a probiotic product, this coating is naturally broken down by digestive enzymes, and the desired probiotic is delivered to the small intestine and provides its health benefits.
SIG company, with its expertise in the field of aseptic filling, guarantees the homogenous suspension per pack. Our innovation offers lower distribution costs as no refrigeration is required, longer shelf life, increased reach, and less food wastage for both retailers and consumers.
Aseptic probiotic yogurt drinks reveal our constant drive to innovate to rapidly meet changing consumer demands while offering high product quality and longer shelf life in one of the most sustainable packaging in the market (the aseptic carton packs).
The opportunities that arise from this cutting-edge innovation and partnership are manifold: including creating new product segments in emerging markets where highly nutritious products are urgently needed; to combining sustainable packaging solutions with healthy probiotic concepts previously only available in the fresh aisle.